Since 2014, The Freelance Conference has worked side-by-side with freelancers across the country, peering in to the world of freelancing as an industry, career and lifestyle.

Now that freelancing is a more accepted form of business model, we want find and solve the roadblocks that are holding freelancers back. We are reaching out to not only legitimize the industry of freelancing but bring us together as a community to learn from each other to benefit everyone that participates.

The Freelance Conference is an event created by freelancers, for freelancers. It was born in the spirit of those who leave or are desiring to leave a J-O-B with the dream of time, freedom, better income, and the ability to control your own careers and life. The conference combines that shared vision with the reality of what it takes to make the dream of self-employment come true; a set of skills that few of us come equipped with in full.

History of #FREECON

Locals Needed Freelance Help

Emily Leach starts up a Facebook group called Austin Freelance Gigs to connect local Austin freelance businesses to more work. The group grew to 1000 members in the first 8 months and hasn't stopped.

January 2014

Why Not a Conference For Freelance Businesses?

After spending months watching the members of AFG connect and find business solutions and work, Emily decides to attend a freelance business conference. One problem ... it didn't exist, so she created it. #FREECON is an event that brings together freelance peers, to learn from, connect with and just be in place where we would all feel accepted as a freelancer

July 2014

Freelance Conference Was Born

The first Freelance Conference was attended by 92 people in Austin, October 28th and trended on Twitter for #Freelance #Austin

October 2014

Freelance Association is Here

During the creation of The Freelance Conference, Emily and a few colleagues saw the need for a non-profit that would support freelance business owners. On February 27, 2015 the Texas Freelance Association non-profit launched in Austin, TX and is now in the process of going national with a new name: The Freelance Association.

February 2015

#FREECON Emerges as the New Name

The second Freelance Conference takes place in Austin, Texas, attended by 150 people. The creation team and attendees adopted the hashtag #FREECON and it stuck! The event now has a signature drink, #FREECON Cooler, and a following. In the second year we added a scavenger hunt, workshops and speed coaching at yet another crazy cool venue space.

October 2015

A Year to Retool

The #1 request from attendees was more time and sessions, #FREECON was redesigned from the ground up to be a multi-day event. The new event format was launched in September of 2017, and was a HUGE hit. We had attendees from across the country, Canada, Amsterdam and Ukraine!


#FREECON Expands

After a year of redesign, #FREECON showcased top level speakers, multiple workshops, intimate fireside chats, coaching sessions and the first ever National Freelance Awards. The venue was amazing, the attendees were energized and we left with even more feedback to grow the 2018 event.

September 2017

Preparing to Go Local.

#FREECON is an event like no other for freelance business owners, we focus specifically on the skills and relationships that will grow a freelance business. We love bringing people in to Austin, but it isn't possible for everyone to do that. So, 2018 is being designed with the future in mind. We're going to a Distributed Content format to be held over an entire week, this means that we will have more content from our peers, held in multiple locations across the city of Austin. Those that come in to town can participate in as much as they want ... and then in 2019, they can have a #FREECON in their own hometown!

September 2018